Why Zynga (ZNGA) Closed Higher on Wednesday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Zynga (ZNGA) closed Wednesday's session higher after SoftBank, Japan's third-largest telecom, reported a 0.8% passive stake in the internet gaming company.

By market close, shares had added 3.7% to $4.80. Trading volume of 66.7 million was more than double its three-month average daily volume of 29.8 million.

Must Read: Zynga Gamble a Worthy Bet

Must Read: Bank of America Downgrades Zynga (ZNGA) to Underperform

TheStreet Ratings team rates ZYNGA INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ZYNGA INC (ZNGA) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $7.73 million or 60.90% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ZYNGA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ZYNGA INC is currently very high, coming in at 84.84%. Regardless of ZNGA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ZNGA's net profit margin of -14.31% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 43.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ZNGA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.35, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

If you liked this article you might like

Roku, Nucana and Other IPOs That Should Be on Your Radar in 2017

Now You're Hearing Apple Roar: Market Recon

Apple Rally Could Boost Dow to 22,000 - 5 Things You Must Know Before the Market Opens

Tesla and Apple Better Deliver Big-Time or Look Out Below -- Week Ahead

Midday Report: SiriusXM Makes Pandora Investment; U.S. Stocks at New Records